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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season

Austin FC holds reigning champs Columbus Crew to scoreless draw

Austin FC has not scored in its two home games, but the expansion team held the Columbus Crew to a 0-0 tie on Sunday.

Former Crew goalkeeper Brad Stuver made six saves, but Austin has not scored in its last three matches overall and has been shutout in six of the past seven games. Austin has four losses and four ties in its past eight games.

Eloy Room had five saves for the Crew.

Stuver was stellar in the second half with three saves on Lucas Zelarayan, the best coming in the 47th minute.

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Zelarayan's 30-yard shot was deflected early, and Stuver had to react to make the stop. The other two Zelarayan tries from distance were comfortably saved.

It was a different story in the 74th minute off a free kick when Stuver stuck out his leg to deny Gyasi Zardes from close range.

The first match between the defending MLS Cup champions and Austin was viewed as the Anthony Precourt Derby by Crew supporters.

As Crew owner in October 2017, Precourt announced his intention to move the franchise to Austin. After a bitter battle led by the Save The Crew movement, Precourt sold the Crew and was awarded an expansion team.

Whether it was the perceived burgeoning rivalry or wanting to reward a second sellout of 20,738 fans with that elusive first home goal, Austin came out flying and nearly scored 20 seconds after kickoff.

Jared Stroud flew down the right channel and found an open Diego Fagundez, but his strike from 14 yards went wide left.

The duo combined in the 19th minute for another opportunity. This time, Fagundez fed Stroud an entry ball on the right, and Stroud's shot was saved at the near post by Room.

Austin plays the second of a four-game homestand Thursday against Portland.

The Crew open the $314 million Lower.com Field vs. New England on Saturday.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New England Revolution 32 +24 70
2 Philadelphia Union 31 +11 49
3 Nashville SC 31 +19 49
4 Orlando City SC 31 +1 47
5 New York City FC 31 +17 44
6 New York Red Bulls 30 +6 43
7 Atlanta United FC 30 +6 43
8 CF Montréal 31 +3 43
9 DC United 31 +1 41
10 Inter Miami CF 31 -15 38
11 Columbus Crew 31 -4 38
12 Chicago Fire FC 32 -15 34
13 Toronto FC 31 -25 26
14 FC Cincinnati 31 -31 20

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Seattle Sounders FC 31 +23 58
2 Sporting Kansas City 30 +20 55
3 Colorado Rapids 31 +13 55
4 Portland Timbers 31 -3 46
5 LA Galaxy 31 -2 46
6 Minnesota United FC 31 -2 45
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -1 44
8 Real Salt Lake 30 +2 42
9 LAFC 31 +2 41
10 San Jose Earthquakes 31 -7 37
11 Houston Dynamo FC 32 -15 30
12 FC Dallas 31 -9 29
13 Austin FC 31 -19 28